11-year-old Aoibhe O’Connor died suddenly, having suffered from a rare genetic disease, just days after meeting her Galway Girl singing music hero.
An 11-year-old girl, from Mogeely, County Cork, passed away on Wednesday, having met her music hero Ed Sheeran, during his Irish tours, on Friday.
Aoibhe O’Connor, who suffered from a genetic condition called mucolipidosis, died suddenly just six days after meeting Sheeran at Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium. The young girl had been featured in the local media after her dream meeting at the weekend.
This is Aoibhe, she’s Corks biggest Ed Sheeran Fan. Her Dad John contacted @kcshowcork in the hope of meeting Ed last Friday night. With the help of @aikenpromotions her dream came true. We will find out how the big meeting went tomorrow morning after 8am on Corks 96FM ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EUVYM4cxww— Cork's 96FM (@Corks96FM) May 7, 2018
Aoibhe, who was a QueenBee ambassador for the childrens’ national ambulance service, Bumbleance. The charity’s Co-Founder Tony Heffernan said Aoibhe was a “powerful little package” and an “amazing young lady”.
He told the Irish Examiner “She was a powerful little package, full of laughter and joy.
Aoibhe is understood to have been the only person in Ireland suffering from this life-limiting condition, mucolipidosis.
Speaking about Aoibhe’s meeting with Sheeran on Friday her father, John, said the London Irish singer spent several minutes chatting with Aoibhe and her sister about their favorite music before taking photos with the girls. He added that the encounter was part of his family’s efforts to make “memories for life" for Aoibhe.